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Homeschooling in Brazil: Where Is it Headed?

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A prominent Presbyterian blog in Brazil published, on February 5, 2016, an article about homeschooling trends in Brazil. Even though I disagree with them on conservative issues (they consider themselves conservatives, but their Mackenzie Presbyterian University, the largest Protestant university in Brazil, hires pro-abortion and Marxist professors), they were honest enough to mention me as one of the known homeschooling examples in Brazil. Another two homeschooler names mentioned, Josué Bueno and Cleber Nunes, were also reported by me back in 2008 in articles that made international headlines:

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Solano Portela, the author of the Presbyterian article on homeschooling, had no trouble gathering names and homeschool cases in Brazil, because they are easily found in a mere Google search, which usually delivers my name and other names as results.

Yet, according to ANED, a new Brazilian group claiming to be prominent in the homeschooling movement in Brazil, only ANED and its members deserve notability in Brazilian homeschooling. Dr. Alexandre Magno, ANED’s lawyer, said on his Facebook page earlier February:

“Brazilian homeschooling emerged from almost complete obscurity a few years ago to acquire virtually unanimous social acceptance. Largely responsible for this were Rick Dias, the president of ANED, and the couple Camila Hochmüller Abadie and Gustavo Abadie, of the website Encontrando Alegria. The contribution these three people made for the Brazilian education cannot be underestimated.”

To this overstatement, my public answer was: “Alexandre, if obscurity is to be a focus of a long and major report in Veja (the Brazilian counterpart of Time magazine), then I do not know what obscurity is. In 2001, Rev. Rinaldo Belisario (a Baptist minister) was, together with other families, interviewed by Veja and also by several TV stations. Subject: homeschooling. This does not look like obscurity.”

Gustavo Abadie’s homeschooling experience totals only a few years, while Rev. Belisario’s homeschool experience amounts to more than 18 years. Additionally, Abadie was a Protestant minister who, along with his wife, chose to convert officially to Catholicism in 2014.

Many young Brazilian evangelicals have gone through a process of “Catholic” conversion after studying a philosophy course offered by Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, who has several published books on astrology (occultism) in Brazil. They begin the course looking for a solid anti-Marxist stance and end as “Catholics.” Abadie’s case was not different: Before their conversion, he and his wife were attending “philosophy classes” offered by Carvalho.

In October 2013, when Carvalho began to revile me because I disagreed with his pro-Inquisition herd think, Abadie criticized on his Facebook another man allegedly reviling Carvalho and immediately added that his criticism also applied to me. Abadie said:

“A man saying that he is a Christian and who not much time ago called another man of his friend, now when he calls him scoundrel and hypocrite, certainly he is not a devote Christian, but resembles the filthiest sewer rat.”

Someone then asked him if he meant Julio Severo. To this Abadie retorted on his Facebook: “Originally, this was not aimed at him, but it is equally applicable to him.” (A copy of this Facebook post has been saved for documentation.)

After his gross comment against me, he blocked me on Facebook. I had never reviled him or called him names. On the contrary, before his conversion, I had published two articles in 2012 by the then evangelical minister Gustavo Abadie critical of Marxism.

Apparently, he thought that the issue between me and Carvalho about the Inquisition qualifies me as the “filthiest sewer rat,” just because I disagreed with his “master” — adherents and followers of Carvalho usually call him “master.” A major transformation: a self-identified evangelical minister siding with a radical Catholic who, using the foulest of language, habitually defends the Inquisition and habitually reviles dissenters. Any wonder that in a very short time he was converted?

Yet, regardless of this incivility, Alexandre Magno and his ANED insist that homeschooling in Brazil has once been “obscure,” but that a former Protestant minister and today a Catholic militant has made it well-known. If this is not a gross overstatement, then what is it? If this is not self-worship, then what is it?

A Google search for “Gustavo Abadie” delivers no more than 3,000 hits. See:  (In these results, the only more visible homeschooling position for him is his role as a speaker at the “Global Home Education Conference 2016,” which is a prominent event because of its main sponsor, the Home School Legal Defense Association.)

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